Possible poor quality control amongst the workers in occupied lands may have played a part in multiple breakdowns. The workers could have built to just within allowed tolerances so as to not bring down sanctions, without building to the best standards they were capable of.
Maybe but according to a book I read decades ago the Nazis were acting really clever when the occupied Czechoslovakia. First they raised the wages, then introduced a German style social security system with health insurance, paid vacations, pensions the lot. And then they raised the wages again. Informer reported that the Czechoslovakian workers considered Nazi Germany to be the most working class friendly regime.
Fair enough, but did the Germans take the same action with the French (that is aircraft manufacture) as I seem to recall a few projects were delayed before completion.
I accept that the Czechs were more closely related to the Germans than the French to Germans, (who after all had fought two previous wars in the last 75 years). Also the Czechs may have considered themselves to be on the winning side, which they were not of course. Czech AFVs seemed to serve the Wehrmacht well until the end of the war, of course.
Basically the Germans plundered French factories of much of their tooling, which mostly ended up being not used in german factories anyway. When the Germans came around to having French factories produce mitiary stuff again, they were surprised that eg no more tracked vehicles or guns gould be made. ofc, eg Renault and Peugeot kept most of the production lines of their civil light vans (which were subsequentely used on the esteren front with disastrous results). When the Germans tried to get German vehicles out of Frecnh factories, they did not get not get further they having eg track links cast, not much more in stead of complete vehicles.
Another point is that Czech factories were on the primary recipient list for production raw materieals and integrated in longer term German production plans, whereas the French were not.
This resulted eg that certain vehicles wich could have been useful for the German war effort (thinking of Lorraine full tracked resupply vehicles, which seem to have been quite good at what they were designed for, Laffly all terrain light trucks (same), Unic and Rebaul half tracks were taken out of production.
As for the aircraft industry: the French aero eninges were not op to notch with the latest German engines, but were more than good enough for aircraft in non combat roles. (transport etc...). But production of these was also gutted, resulting in Geman transport aircraft projects powere by French enines using captured rather than newly produced equipment...and we al know that the German air transportbranch could have used a boost in the form of eg improved JU 52 der!vatives (Ju 352, comes to mind, not as good as it might have been (see ju 252) but better than nothing or Ju 52) with Gnome Rhone 14N engines in stead of limted production Bramo 323 engines
But i guess in the end it comes down to two things: mindless plundering of French factories in 1940 and just not having the raw materials to make French industry a real player in prodicing useful stuff.
Also the German economy was an economy based onnplunder starting in late 1939, not of industrial expansion into conquered areas
Edited by Inhapi, 03 August 2019 - 1107 AM.